copyright 1944; Houghton Mifflin Company publishers, Boston; hardbound in red boards with black lettering on cover and spine; quite good condition with unmarked pages; boards have minor fading - see pics; no dust jacket.
The author was one of the first to hear the young Adolf Hitler's rousing orations and to recognize his political ingenuity and perverse, self-serving ideology. As a staff reporter on the Frankfurter Zeitung he was one of the first writers to take a stand against Naziism, and his is the only contemporary document to give the whole story of Hitler's rise to power from the very beginning to the day in 1934 when the Blood Purge eliminated the last opposition, leaving him absolute dictator of Germany. This book is unique because it was written not after the fact as were most other books but while Hitler was still alive and by someone who had lived in Germany and had observed the Nazi phenomenon first-hand. This gives the author's portrayals of the various luminaries of the Third Reich a lifelike quality which is typically lacking in the commonly found histories written after the fact.